The March Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers .
The Saturday Reunions at TC are an experience all their own. My day was filled with learning, thinking about learning, and yearning to bring all of it back into my little classroom, to my kids. There is so much to love about a day spent with teachers who are passionate about their work, and educators who are devoted to nurturing that passion. I love being in a room with people like this…my people. And, at these Saturday Reunions, we begin with a cathedral full of “my people”, listening to none other than Diane Ravitch calling on educators to join together and work to save public education. My favorite line, and the one that resonated most: “Enrich education, not standardize it.” Amen.
Today’s slice, however, zooms in on one moment…a true Two Writing Teachers moment. And here’s why. We gather here to slice on Tuesdays, and to visit our posts on other days, from all parts of the world. We are teachers, former teachers, student teachers, literacy coaches, writers, and poets. We read about each other’s lives, congratulate, mourn, encourage, think, and imagine together. Every one in a while, we have the pleasure of actually meeting each other, and when that happy moment takes place, each of us seems to have the same reaction: that it felt like a wonderful reunion with someone we felt we knew. Our slices, and our comments (and I think it’s the commenting that really knits us together – it’s the reactive, thoughtful, I-read-you-post-and -know -what-you-thought/meant/felt comments that we leave for each other that makes these on-line connections so meaningful. If someone takes the time to read what we’ve written and leave a thoughtful comment, that is golden). So, through my slice of life, blogging world experience, I have “met” and “connected” with many a wonderful soul.
Which brings me to the TWT moment on Saturday, when Stephanie Harvey announced that her presentation on digital learning would focus on her experiences with Katie Muhtaris’ fifth grade classroom. Yes, that would be the Katie whose blog I’ve followed since my earliest blogging and SOL days, whose Facebook page I look forward to seeing so I can stay up to date on what’s happening with her adorable baby, and whose Tweets I look forward to. And, suddenly, I was in Katie’s classroom:
…and Katie was exactly the teacher I’d imagined her to be. She was warm, funny, wry, engaging, challenging. And her kids, clearly, adored her. And, because I had read her posts about writing the grant for a set of classroom ipads, and the learning adventure that launched (a new way of integrating technology in the classroom, a book co-authored with Stephanie Harvey!), I had a better appreciation for all the hard work and dedication that made for the seamless lesson we were viewing, right there in the Davis Auditorium at TC…many miles, and many months away from Katie’s classroom.
“That’s my friend, Katie!” I blurted out loud, unable to contain my excitement.
“She’s an amazing teacher,” said the woman watching and taking notes next to me .
Yes…that she is…but I knew that already…thanks to sharing slices all these years with Katie. Which was my TWT @ TC #SOL moment.